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Present Perfect

 

Listen to the verses of Queen’s classic song We Are the Champions. What sort of actions are they referring to?

They all refer to actions and states that occurred at an indefinite time in the past. To describe these concepts we use the Present Perfect tense.

We construct this tense by using the present simple form of the auxiliary verb to have together with the past participle form of the verb that describes our action.

I + [to have] + [to pay] ===> I have paid my dues, time after time

I + [to have] + [to do] ===> I have done my sentence

But [Ì’ve] committed no crime

And bad mistakes: I’ve made a few.

I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face

But I’ve come through

Remember that you cannot use the Present Perfect if you want to be specific about when this action happened – we have the Past Simple for that:

“Have you had lunch yet?” Present Perfect – we’re talking about an unspecified time in the past.

“Yes, I ate a sandwich at 2 o’clock” Past Simple – we’re talking about the exact time that the sandwich was eaten.

 

We also use the Present Perfect to refer to states that began in the past, and continue to be true today:

“I have lived in Madrid for three years”.

“I haven’t slept for days… I’m exhausted!”

The song We Are The Champions is reproduced for educational purposes only, and is the property of Queen and Sony/ATV

Meet Phil

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Name: Phil

Place of Birth: York, England

How long have you been working at the Language Corner? Since March 2013

Favourite thing about Madrid: The relaxed atmosphere. After living in London for 6 years this is the perfect way to chill out and enjoy the pace of life a bit more.

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’ve been an English teacher and administrator for over 8 years, both in England and Spain. In my spare time I go exploring Madrid on foot, which is a great way to get to know the city… slowly! 

What is your favourite movie? Forrest Gump

Top tip for learning English: Spend as much time as possible listening to English. At first it might seem difficult and frustrating as you don’t understand a lot, but eventually you get used to hearing different sounds, intonations and stresses, and you find you’re not trying to listen to every word. For this I recommend listening to as much music as possible, watching online TV and specific content for improving your level of listening.

Level of Spanish: Good enough to deal with the public in an English school and sing at Rayo Vallecano games!

Tell me something interesting about yourself: I like to DJ so if you’re interested in some DJ classes (in English) then you know where to ask!

Meet Andy

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Name: Andy

Where are you from: Ireland

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 33, I’ve been living in Madrid for 3 years and I love it!

How long have you been working at the Language Corner? Since July 2012

What do you like most about teaching? I love the fact that I can make a living while helping people with something important like learning English. Also it’s a lot of fun!

What hobbies or talents do you have: I like reading, movies, video games, hiking and football

What kind of music do you like: Lots of different types

What is your favourite movie? Life Is Beautiful

What book are you reading right now? Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres

Where is your favourite place in Madrid? Retiro of course! I also love the terrace of my flat

Tell me something interesting about yourself: I studied History, Politics and Sociology at University and later did a Masters in Development Studies

Top tip for learning English: Find a TV series that you enjoy and watch it in English. And of course join a language school; I can highly recommend The Language Corner!

Meet RACHEL

Meet Rachel

 

Name: Rachel

Where are you from? Sheffield, England

Tell us a bit about yourself: I have a degree in Modern Languages and I am currently learning Italian. I love Spain and have lived in Madrid for over 3 years. I am also trying to learn how to cook!

How long have you been working at The Language Corner? 3 years in La Elipa

What do you like most about teaching? It is very rewarding to help students improve their English, and you meet lots of interesting people.

What kind of music do you like? Chart music

What is your favourite movie? Slumdog Millionaire

What book are you reading? The Pillars of the Earth

Where is your favourite place in Madrid: Retiro Park

Top tip for learning English: Study a bit (or a lot!) every day, consistency is important.

Meet SIAN

sianName: Sian

Where does your name come from? It is a Welsh form of Jane.

Where are you from: Sidcup, Kent

What did you study? Psychology. I am currently studying a Master to be a school counsellor. I also have a CELTA.

How long have you been working at the Language Corner? 1 year in La Elipa and 4 months in La Almudena.

What do you like most about teaching? Seeing people’s progress, meeting new people, and working with children.

What hobbies or talents do you have: I love reading (mostly thrillers), going to the cinema and drawing.

What kind of music do you like: I quite like Indie Folk Music (I really like Mumford and Sons) and pretty much anything that isn’t heavy metal or Reggaeton. I also really like Flamenco.

What book are you reading right now? The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Where is your favorite place in Madrid? Templo Debod and Malasaña

Tell me something interesting about yourself: I have an identical twin sister.

If you could be any animal, which animal would you be, and why? A bird because it would be awesome to be able to fly.

BEST TIP FOR LEARNING ENGLISH: Don’t limit yourself to classroom time. Try to expose yourself to as much English as possible (books, magazines, news, films, music…) and ask your teacher for homework.

The Language Corner has only Native Teachers!

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If you are looking for a native English teacher in Madrid. The Language Corner is for you! We have two schools located in the Cuidad Lineal neighborhood. One of our English academies is located near metro La Elipa and the other academy near metro La Almudena. Both are located on line 2 and easily connect to the city center. Our language schools are staffed with only native speakers. Our English teachers are from many different places including: England, Ireland, and United States.

At the Language Corner we can help you achieve your English Language goals. You will be exposed to native English, with diverse accents. What do you prefer the British accent or the American accent? Come visit a class to find out!

(The Language Corner also has native French and native German teachers)